End-of-season partying capped to prevent repeat of booze boat trip
THE Titans will tone down their ‘‘Mad Monday’’ celebrations after last year’s booze cruise debacle.
The NRL team’s 2014 postseason celebrations were under surveillance as part of the investigation that led police to a multimillion-dollar cocaine ring.
A maritime investigation also stemmed from the Broadwater cruise after a player fell from the boat into the water.
Club management has banned the players from going on another cruise and any celebrations are expected to be tame compared with previous years.
Titans CEO Graham Annesley said the team would gather on Monday to farewell the 15 players who are leaving the club.
“Our players are informally getting together with the coaching staff to farewell the significant number of players and staff departing this year,” he said.
“The club is not organising it and there will be no past ‘Mad Monday’ activities such as fancy dress.”
The players are expected to be on their best behaviour after five were charged with cocaine supplying offences in February.
Greg Bird, Dave Taylor, Beau Falloon, Kalifa Faifai Loa and Jamie Dowling are still going through the court process with their cases to be mentioned again next month.
The players have previously celebrated the end-of-season at private functions in pubs.
It is believed a team barbecue has been proposed but the players are yet to decide how they will farewell the season after they play their last match against the Cowboys in Townsville on Saturday.
Across the city at Metricon Stadium, Suns stand-in skipper Michael Rischitelli said the AFL club was not concerned about the dangers of the looming off-season and was confident it was in a better place because of this year’s events.
Gold Coast will play their final game of the season against Sydney on Saturday night before approaching the off-season period which h has haunted the club this year. The events surrounding former Suns player Karmichael Hunt’s illicit drug use was the first among a series of on and off-field challenges for the club in the past 12 months.
Rischitelli revealed the team had a discussion about their expectations for the highrisk time yesterday and were as prepared as they could be. “Are we worried?’’ he said. ‘‘No. Can it happen? Yes, But I think with the group we have got and what we have learnt along the way I think we should be right.”